School of Transborder Studies

The School of Transborder Studies (STS) vehemently opposes the separation of migrant children from their families. As scholars and activists of border issues, we know that immigration from Latin America has been declining the last decade. The “Zero Tolerance Policy” initiated by the Attorney General does not deter immigration. We know that migrants entering the United States (U.S.) from the Southwest border are from Mexico as well as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, to name but a few. And many of them come to the U.S. because their lives are in danger if they stay in their home country. These migrants have a “legal” right to enter the U.S. and claim asylum or refugee status. That is the law. Deterrent policies, like family separation, only serve to punish those individuals that have traveled to the U.S. for safety. For the STS community, our disapproval is not based on partisanship or political opposition but rather the cruel and inhumane effect that this policy has on these children.

Lisa Magaña, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Professor


At the center of expertise and action, we make borders human.

The School of Transborder Studies, the only one of its kind in the United States, promotes academic excellence and social change by developing cutting-edge interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the populations of the U.S.-Mexico transborder space and beyond. We affect social change by developing and nurturing integrated scholarship and teaching, leading to more successful and sustainable transborder communities.


ASU School of Transborder Studies


Inspire and Empower

Our current students and alumni are committed to transforming our society and are developing a better understanding of the complexity of contemporary societies in the 21st century.

Our mission is to inspire and empower students with an innovative learning experience that prepares them to be agents of change in a challenging environment where cultural, social, political, and economic borders are inevitably crossed by people both within and across communities in the context of a globalized world.

DreamZone, DACA, ASU, STS


DREAMzone at ASU | DACA & Undocumented Student Resources

DREAMzone will continue to support DACA and undocumented students at ASU by offering a venue for students to go to for assistance and support. Students can walk-in to meet with DREAMzone staff during DREAMzone Office Hours in a safe space at the School of Transborder Studies. Students may also contact DREAMzone to make an appointment if these hours do not work with their schedule.


DREAMzone office hours:

Fridays from 12:00 – 4:00pm or by appointment:

Located at STS, Interdisciplinary Building B (Between MU and Student Services)

B161A (Small conference room).



Association for Borderlands Studies

Founded in 1976, ABS is the leading international scholarly association dedicated to the systematic study and exchange of ideas, information and analysis of international border, and the processes and communities engendered by such borders.

ABS is currently housed and maintained by the School of Transborder Studies.